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COMPACT

ROUTER TABLE

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compact
Router Table
Don’t be fooled by its small size. This portable
router table packs in a lot of big-time features.
If you’ve used one of the new compact routers, you As you can see in the photo above, the table
know how true the saying, “Good things come in transforms any surface into a routing station. Two
small packages” can be. And just like its bigger lift-up extensions provide a surprising amount of
brothers, putting a compact router in a table only workspace. The support wings below double as
adds to its versatility. But a full-size table would be router bit storage. And when the job is complete, it
out of place for these go-anywhere tools. So I came all folds into a compact box that can tuck away on
up with a router table that complements the scale. a shelf. To top it off, you can build it in a weekend.

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NOTE: TABLE SIZED TO
ACCEPT COMPACT ROUTER NOTE: FENCE STOWS
INSIDE THE CASE
Exploded View Details
(SEE LOWER RIGHT PHOTO)
OVERALL DIMENSIONS: 107⁄16"D x 331⁄2"W x 141⁄4"H
107⁄16"D x 15"W x 111⁄2"H (STORED SIZE)

T-TRACK LETS YOU


ADJUST FENCE FACES
TO SUIT ROUTER
BIT SIZE
FLIP TOP GIVES YOU
EASY ACCESS
TO THE ROUTER

FOLD-UP T-TRACKS, FLANGE


EXTENSIONS BOLTS, AND KNOBS
ALLOW FOR EASY LONG HARDWOOD FACES
INCREASE GUIDE WORKPIECES
WORKSURFACE FENCE SETUP
FOR ACCURATE CUTS

HARDWOOD STRIPS CONCEAL


PLYWOOD EDGES AND
PROTECT WORKSURFACE
FROM CHIPPING

MAGNET, CUP, AND


WASHER IN EXTENSION
AND STILE CREATE
A CATCH TO HOLD
WINGS IN POSITION

BIT RACKS IN
WINGS PROVIDE
HANDY STORAGE

NOTE: FOR HARDWARE


SOURCES, TURN TO PAGE 8

NOTE: SIMPLE JOINERY


MEANS YOU CAN BUILD
THIS ROUTER TABLE QUICKLY

{  Easy Access. The center section of the top {  Compact Storage. Fold the wings in, drop the
flips open for making adjustments or removing extensions, and tuck the fence inside the case for
the router without bending over. storing or transporting the table.

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start at the be stout enough to stand up to register parts to make the assem-

Bottom
heavy use without flexing. bly stress free. The end result is
Finally, the idea is to put the that you should have no prob-
router table to work in my shop lem building this router table in
sooner rather than later. So the a couple of easy days in the shop.
For the construction of the router joinery shouldn’t be fussy. Case Overview. You can get a
table, I kept a few goals in mind. Solutions. Meeting those good idea of how these solutions
First, it needed to be easy to lift goals ended up being fairly play out in the central case. Fig-
and carry. So I wanted the overall straightforward. I used 1⁄2" Baltic ure 1 shows the parts of the case.
project to be as light as possible. birch plywood to create strong, Now, it doesn’t look like a typi-
After all, it’s designed to house a lightweight panels. Some pieces cal, box-like case. Instead, it has a
small, compact router. of hard maple add strength and large opening in the front.
The second goal relates to the protection in a few key places. In addition, the sides are set in
first. Even though the project Glue and screws handle most from the ends of the base. This
is lightweight and the router is of the joinery. But I also included detail creates pockets for the
small, the router table needs to some rabbets and dadoes to wings that swing open to sup-
port the table extensions.
1
FIGURE
a. More Details. While the parts
are uncomplicated, I want to
BACK
TOP highlight a few items. First, the
BACK
(9" x 10") VIEW hardwood case fronts are joined
C #6 x 1!/4" Fh to the sides with a rabbet, as illus-
BASE WOODSCREW trated in Figure 1b.
SIDE There’s another rabbet on the
#/4" RAD. opposite edge of the case front
that can be easy to miss. This
A shallow rabbet is sized to hold
SIDE the leaf of a continuous hinge.
(9!/4" x 10") On the back of the case, I cut
4 B an oblong opening for the power
2 CASE cord. It’s larger than you might
FRONT
3
A (2!/2" x 10") expect so that no matter what
position the router is in, the cord
NOTE: CASE isn’t stressed in use.
FRONTS ARE
#/4"-THICK
HARDWOOD B
b. !/2" Ply.
2
!/2 SIDE
D
BASE
(10" x 13")
&/8 !/2
FRONT

#6 x 1!/4" Fh CUT RABBET TO


NOTE: SIDES, WOODSCREW MATCH THICKNESS OF TOP VIEW
BACK, AND BASE HINGE LEAF
ARE !/2" PLYWOOD

Materials & Hardware


A Sides (2) 91⁄4 x 10 - 1⁄2 Ply. K Top (1) 10 x 71⁄2 - 1⁄2 Ply. • (2) 1⁄2" Rare-Earth Magnets
B Fronts (2) 3⁄ x 21⁄ - 10 L Subtop (1) 91⁄4 x 6 - 1⁄2 Ply. • (2) 1⁄2" Magnet Cups w/Screws
4 2
C Back (1) 9 x 10 - 1⁄2 Ply. M Hinge Block (1) 3⁄ x 1⁄ - 6
4 2 • (2) 1⁄2" Magnet Washers w/Screws
D Base (1) 10 x 13 - 1⁄2 Ply. N Table Extensions (2) 10 x 10 - 1 Ply. • (2) 10" T-Tracks w/Screws
E Inner Stiles (2) 3⁄ x 2 - 93⁄ O Edging (1) 1⁄ x 1 - 55 rgh. • (1) 11⁄16" x 6" Cont. Hinge w/Screws
4 4 4
F Outer Stiles (2) 3⁄ x 2 - 101⁄ P Fence Base (1) 3⁄ x 23⁄ - 91⁄ • (2) 11⁄16" x 7" Cont. Hinges w/Screws
4 2 4 4 2
G Shelves (4) 11⁄2 x 85⁄8- 1⁄2 Ply. Q Fence Backer (1) 3⁄ x 23⁄ - 91⁄
4 4 2 • (2) 91⁄2" T-Tracks w/Screws
H Wing Backs (2) 85⁄8 x 93⁄4 - 1⁄2 Ply. R Fence Faces (2) 3⁄ x 23⁄ - 91⁄
4 4 2 • (4) 5⁄16"-18 x 11⁄2" Flange Bolts
I Supports (2) 10 x 31⁄2 - 1⁄2 Ply. • (24) #6 x 11⁄4" Fh Woodscrews • (4) 5⁄16"-18 x 1"-dia. Round Knobs
J Fillers (2) 10 x 2 - 1⁄2 Ply. • (2) 11⁄16" x 93⁄4" Cont. Hinges w/Screws • (4) 5⁄16" Flat Washers

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ROUTER BIT
HOLES ARE
2 !/4" DIAMETER
WING BACK
(8%/8" x 9#/4")
F H
E

NOTE: STILES ARE


#/4"-THICK HARDWOOD.
SHELVES AND BACK
G ARE !/2" PLYWOOD

F
G 1!/16" x 9#/4" OUTER STILE
SHELF CONT. HINGE (2" x 10!/2")
(1!/2" x 8%/8" ) w/SCREWS
1!/2

NOTE: WING
ASSEMBLIES ARE G 1!/2
MIRROR IMAGES
CL

INNER STILE
(2" x 9#/4")
!/4 E CL

WING BACK OUTER


STILE
a. TOP VIEW
#/8 OUTER #/4
SHELF STILE
!/4
!/2
CL
CL !/4
!/2" !/2"-DIA. RARE-
WING Ply.
5 INNER BACK EARTH MAGNET
STILE AND CUP
5!/2
4!/2

SHELF !/4 b. WING


BACK !/2

RABBET
!/2 INNER ON INNER
!/2 STILE STILE
MATCHES
!/4 FRONT VIEW !/4
HINGE
LEAF

FRONT TOP
The final case detail to note racks with the addition of a few VIEW
is the base. You need to cut a holes, as shown in Figure 2.
notch at each of the back cor- Mirror, Mirror. You don’t
ners to accept the outer stile of want to get ahead of yourself extension and ensures the top
the wings. Assembly then is just making the wings. Notice that stays flat and even.
a matter of gluing and screwing they aren’t identical. They’re mir- To keep the wings in the open
the parts into place. ror images, so it’s a good idea to position, I recessed a strong, rare-
label your parts clearly to keep earth magnet and cup into the
SWING-OUT WINGS things organized. top of the outer stile (Figure 2a).
The swinging wings attached Wing Stiles. Each wing is made It forms a catch with a matching
to either side of the case are up up of a pair of stiles joined by washer that gets installed on the
next. Their primary purpose is to shelves and a back. The front view underside of each table extension.
support the table extensions. So in Figure 2 shows a critical detail. The inner stiles have a pair of
they’re “overbuilt” to stay rigid The outer stile is longer than the rabbets, just like the case fronts,
over the long haul. inner stile to match the height of as shown in Figure 2b. And both
There’s a side benefit to this the case. This allows the outer stile stiles have dadoes to house the
design. The shelves create bit to act as a leg to prop up the table shelves that hold router bits.

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USE ROUTER BASE
3
FIGURE
TO LOCATE MOUNTING
SCREW HOLES a. SIDE VIEW
HINGE
TOP VIEW BLOCK TOP
1!/16" x 6" CONT. TOP
HINGE w/SCREWS K (10" x 7!/2")
CONT.
BACK HINGE SUBTOP
SIZE HOLE IN SUBTOP TO
MATCH ROUTER BASE
SIDE CASE
M BACK
HINGE BLOCK L
ATTACH (!/2" x 6") SUBTOP
SUPPORT TO (9!/4" x 6")
CASE FRONT,
BACK, AND
SIDE WITH
GLUE AND T-TRACK,
SCREWS 10" LONG NOTE: ALL PARTS,
SUPPORT w/SCREWS EXCEPT HINGE BLOCK,
J ARE !/2" PLYWOOD

J
#6 x 1!/4" Fh
FRONT WOODSCREW FILLER
(10" x 2")

I NOTE: REMOVE BASEPLATE


I AND USE SAME SCREWS
SUPPORT TO ATTACH ROUTER TO TOP
(10" x 3!/2")

b. T-TRACK FRONT VIEW


FILLER TOP

SUPPORT SUBTOP

SIDE

finish from the


Top Down as well as some T-track for the
fence. A pair of flip-up extensions
hinged to the fixed pieces com-
I want to make a side note here.
I cut all the top pieces from an
extra-long blank. This way, the
The case and wings make up the pletes the assembly, as in Figure grain flows from one end of the
support structure for the router 4. The extensions also cover the top to the other. No, it doesn’t
table. The top is where the rub- wings to add some protection for improve the performance of the
ber meets the road. And while the router bits in storage. router table. But it is an extra
the construction of the top is Doubled Up. With all the touch that helps make the fin-
relatively easy, there are a lot of moving parts, I wanted to make ished project look its best.
things going on. So I want to start sure the top was as stiff and rug- The T-track that guides the
by giving a bird’s eye view. After ged as possible. To do this, the fence is the last part of the fixed
that, we can zoom in for a closer sections are all made from two section. Once it’s in place, you
look at a few key points. The layers of plywood. But each sec- can see how the remaining por-
project wraps up with a unique tion is a little different. tion of the support creates a lip
fence on the next page. Fixed Sections. I began with that holds the center section.
From the Top. There are the two fixed sections, as you Center Section. The distance
five sections that go into the can see in Figure 3. The lower between the T-track segments
top assembly. In the middle, a layer consists of supports that are defines the length of the top,
hinged section holds the router, glued and screwed to the top of while the space between the sup-
as shown in Figure 3. A continu- the case. What’s important here ports determines the size of the
ous hinge along the back allows is that the outer edge of these subtop. Take a look at Figure 3a.
it to open like the hood of a car to pieces is flush with the edge of I added a hardwood strip to the
give you access to the router. the case fronts. Narrow fillers back edge of the subtop. It pro-
On either side of the center sec- are glued flush with the outside vides a solid anchoring point for
tion are a pair of fixed sections edges of the supports (Figure 3b). the hinge screws.

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FIGURE
NOTE: EXTENSIONS ARE NOTE: APPLY a. !/4
GLUED UP FROM TWO EDGING TO FRONT
LAYERS OF !/2" PLYWOOD AND SIDE OF %/16
EXTENSION AND TOP
N FRONT OF TOP
AND SUPPORT @!/32
VIEW
1!/16" x 7" CONT.
HINGE
w/SCREW
O EXTENSION
O
N
TABLE EXTENSION
O (10" x 10")
O

CENTER
EDGING PIECE GLUE SMALL
IS ONLY GLUED EDGING
TO TOP AND PIECES TO
SUBTOP SUPPORT AND
FILLER

O
EDGING

One reminder: before gluing


b. INSTALL MAGNET
WASHER TO ALIGN c. BACK VIEW (!/4" x 1")
WITH MAGNET IN WING
the center parts together, drill EXTENSION FILLER GROOVE
EXTENSION PROVIDES
the bit hole in the top and cut the CLEARANCE
SUPPORT FOR HINGE
recess for the router in the subtop. KNUCKLE ON
WING
Extensions. The two layers
that make up each extension can !/8"
ROUND- HINGE MOUNTED
be glued up before cutting them OVER TO BOTTOM FACE
EDGING OF EXTENSION
to final size. There are only a SIDE VIEW AND SUPPORT
couple details to mention here.
First up is a groove cut on the
underside (Figure 4a). This cre- edging on the front and ends. To adjustable hardwood faces pro-
ates clearance for the protruding attach the extensions, I flipped vide solid workpiece support. A
hinge knuckle on the wings. the table upside down. This also length of T-track inset in the back
The other detail is to add the keeps the sections flush. face allows you to adjust the size
washer to align with the magnet of the bit opening, as in Figure
in the top of the wing (Figure 4b). FENCE 5b. The faces also fold upright to
Edging. Plywood makes great The final piece of the puzzle is store the fence inside the case.
panels. But the edges are vulnera- the fence. Figure 5 shows how Putting the router table to use
ble to chipping. To add some pro- it works. A short, L-shaped sec- is simply a matter of clamping
tection, I glued thin hardwood tion has cutouts to accommodate it to a worksurface. Then you’re
strips to the front edge, as shown the bit and knobs to lock it to ready to get even more versatility
in Figure 4. The extensions have the T-track in the top. A pair of from your compact router.

5
FIGURE
FENCE BASE
(2#/4" x 9!/2") %/16"-18 x 1!/2"
FLANGE BOLT
P #/8"
CHAMFER b. FENCE
BACK #/8
%/16"-18 x 1"-DIA. R
KNOB FENCE FACE SIDE
(2#/4" x 9!/2") VIEW !/4

#/4
1!/4 %/8
NOTE: ALL
FENCE PARTS
ARE #/4"-THICK
HARDWOOD
FENCE
FACE
Q FENCE
%/16"-18 x 1!/2" FENCE BACK
(2#/4" x 9!/2")
a. CL 2!/8 BASE
FLANGE BOLT
FENCE
BACK
!/8" CHAMFER FOR DUST
NOTE: SIZE OF CUTOUT RELIEF
IN THE FENCE BASE IS
IDENTICAL TO FENCE R 2!/8
BACK (SEE FIGURE 5a)
1
1" RAD.

FRONT VIEW

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Router Table
Materials List
A Sides (2) 91⁄4 x 10 - 1⁄2 Ply. K Top (1) 10 x 71⁄2 - 1⁄2 Ply. • (2) 1⁄2" Rare-Earth Magnets
B Fronts (2) 3⁄ x 21⁄ - 10 L Subtop (1) 91⁄4 x 6 - 1⁄2 Ply. • (2) 1⁄2" Magnet Cups w/Screws
4 2
C Back (1) 9 x 10 - 1⁄2 Ply. M Hinge Block (1) 3⁄ x 1⁄ - 6
4 2 • (2) 1⁄2" Magnet Washers w/Screws
D Base (1) 10 x 13 - 1⁄2 Ply. N Table Extensions (2) 10 x 10 - 1 Ply. • (2) 10" T-Tracks w/Screws
E Inner Stiles (2) 3⁄ x 2 - 93⁄ O Edging (1) 1⁄ x 1 - 55 rgh. • (1) 11⁄16" x 6" Cont. Hinge w/Screws
4 4 4
F Outer Stiles (2) 3⁄ x 2 - 101⁄ P Fence Base (1) 3⁄ x 23⁄ - 91⁄ • (2) 11⁄16" x 7" Cont. Hinges w/Screws
4 2 4 4 2
G Shelves (4) 11⁄2 - 85⁄8 - 1⁄2 Ply. Q Fence Backer (1) 3⁄ x 23⁄ - 91⁄
4 4 2 • (2) 91⁄2" T-Tracks w/Screws
H Wing Backs (2) 85⁄8 x 93⁄4 - 1⁄2 Ply. R Fence Faces (2) 3⁄ x 23⁄ - 91⁄
4 4 2 • (4) 5⁄16"-18 x 11⁄2" Flange Bolts
I Supports (2) 10 x 31⁄2 - 1⁄2 Ply. • (24) #6 x 11⁄4" Fh Woodscrews • (4) 5⁄16"-18 x 1"-dia. Round Knobs
J Fillers (2) 10 x 2 - 1⁄2 Ply. • (2) 11⁄16" x 93⁄4" Cont. Hinges w/Screws • (4) 5⁄16" Flat Washers

Cutting Diagram
30" x 60" - !/2" BALTIC BIRCH PLYWOOD
G
G
G
N I L I N C G

N J K J N D

NOTE GRAIN
H H DIRECTION
A A

#/4" x 6!/2" - 60" MAPLE (2.7 Bd. Ft.) M


E E F F B
P Q R R
B

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MAIL Project Sources
ORDER • Rockler
SOURCES 1”-Dia. Knobs. . . . . . . . . . . . 34121
Woodsmith Store T-Slot Bolts. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83311
800-444-7527 T-Track . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20054
Rare Earth Magnets. . . . . . . 30810
Rockler
800-279-4441
Magnet Cups . . . . . . . . . . . . 31668
rockler.com Magent Washers. . . . . . . . . . 37474

The router table was finished with a cou-


ple coats of lacquer.

Manufacturers and retailers will periodi-


cally redesign or discontinue some of their
items. So you’ll want to gather all your
hardware, supplies, and tools before you
get started. It’s easy to adjust dimensions
or drill different-sized holes to suit your
hardware.

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